He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved, because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep. (St. John 21:16-18)
I am done with the Church wars.
I, obviously, have a difference in opinion with the Holy Father and many high ranking members of the Church today on a wide variety of issues. But I have been unfair to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, openly libelous towards him and other members of the Church, and I would like to publicly express my apologies.
We cannot allow doctrinal differences to bleed into personal attacks against the Holy Father and Church leadership. Our King, Jesus Christ, demands that we pray for our leaders, not attack them.
That is what Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is doing in the Vatican right now. That is what we should be doing for Pope Francis and for the Church. They are governing the Barque of Peter in a world that is overwhelmingly hostile to the Catholic Faith. They need our prayers, not our suspicions and condemnations.
I would say to the people who are hostile to Pope Francis that there is a difference between the unwise and the illegal. Much of what has changed in the Church since 1958 has been unwise. None of it has been illegal. We are called as Catholics to pray for the Church, not to condemn it. That road leads nowhere good. It does not lead to God.
While I will be writing about current events in the Church occasionally, this blog will be dedicated to the beautiful and the true in the Catholic Faith, expressed through the ages by countless devout Catholics.
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has my prayers and my obedience.